Sunken Treasure

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Energy & Utilities October 2008

Sunken Treasure

Opportunities and Threats in a Maturing Subsea Market

Over the past four years revenues in the subsea oil and gas sector have been growing at an impressive rate. The next five years are expected to bring a period of consolidation and a number of challenges that could present opportunities for companies in the sector. [...]

All at Sea

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Energy & Utilities October 2008

All at Sea

The Future of Offshore Wind in Europe

Offshore wind is clean and renewable and can be deployed well away from public view. It is well supported by the public and governments as a way of meeting renewables targets. However, the future is by no means assured. Supply constraints, logistical difficulties and technical concerns present significant obstacles to expansion. We examine the challenges and highlight what needs to be done. [...]

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

Real Options for the Future Energy Mix

Coming to the right decisions

In the coming years, both the demand for climate-friendly energy generation and the replacement of aging conventional generation facilities will lead to large capital investments and planning efforts in the utility sector. With these massive investments ahead, the competitiveness of nearly all electricity utilities depends on meaningful ways of valuing these multi-billion euro investments. [...]

What Future for Biofuels?

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Energy & Utilities September 2008

What Future for Biofuels?

Has the Tide Turned?

Biofuels have gone from being the great hope for clean transport fuels of the future to being in the dock accused of causing deforestation and increases in food prices for the world’s poorest people. Against this backdrop, the UK Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production has delivered a sober and timely assessment of the industry and its future. [...]

Pressure on Energy Prices

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Energy & Utilities June 2008

Pressure on Energy Prices

Successful Responses for Utilities

Energy utility companies across Europe are feeling huge customer and political resistance to recent and forthcoming price increases. The increases have highly visible causes. Oil, gas and coal prices have all hit record highs in recent months. Meanwhile, massive investments are needed to meet both customer and regulatory requirements [...]

Bridging the Talent Gap

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Energy & Utilities May 2008

Bridging the Talent Gap

Labor Shortages in the Energy Sector

Despite booming oil prices the industry is being constrained by resource shortages in oil supply, refining capacity and talents across the sector, despite a 20 per cent increase in investments by IOCs and NOCs. [...]

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Energy & Utilities June 2006

Optimal Results

Optimal results

Effective portfolio management has become more important than ever for energy companies. It can reduce costs and improve earnings significantly and the current volatile price environment and requirements for risk management make it even more compelling. [...]

Energy & Utilities April 2006

The Real Issues in a New Nuclear Programme

The current energy review is just the beginning

The public may have the impression that any “new nuclear power“ decision in a government's energy review is a simple yes / no. But any decision by the government in favour must say how. A simple “yes” from the government will not persuade the private sector to finance and build a nuclear power programme. [...]

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